Bird is the word: Talking macaw stolen from Westchester home, and may be coughing or barking


Miami Herald Staff Report

If you hear a macaw asking “What’s up, daddy-o” in Spanish, you could solve the latest hot-bird whodunnit.

A blue-and-gold beauty named Papo was plucked from its cage earlier this month and the owner told police that the biggest clue may be the parrot’s vocabulary. In addition to “Qué pasó, papo,” the bilingual bird is known to say flaca (skinny woman), as well as bark and cough.

Miami-Dade police are looking for someone to squawk on the bird burglar who struck Aug. 20 at a Westchester-area home.

The burglary happened the morning of Aug. 20 in the 3200 block of Southwest 64th Avenue.

The thief, wearing a hat and wielding bolt-cutters, could be seen on surveillance video entering the backyard, removing the blue and yellow macaw from its backyard cage and carrying it away in a pink towel. Police said the man took off in a silver BMW.

Parrots often are valued at more than $1,000 by victims whose stolen birds are a staple of police crime blotters

What sets this one apart?

Owner Rodolfo Rondon, 36, said his bird also can say “Jonathan, Alex, Elvira, Rodo and Chaky,” the names of its beloved human friends.

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